Increase HUD Funding for Housing Programs
March 12th Deadline to Sign Letter
Now that the President’s budget has been released, Congressional appropriators will start to craft their FY15 bills. The first step is to divide the total spending amount for the fiscal year among the twelve appropriations subcommittees, resulting in what is called the 302(b) allocations.
However, even before it gets its 302(b) spending level, the House Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee is expected to hold a hearing on HUD’s budget request during the week of March 10, with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testifying.
More than 1,350 organizations have already joined an organizational sign-on letter to House and Senate appropriators that calls for an increase in the FY15 THUD 302(b) subcommittee allocation.
House and Senate appropriators need to hear from you! Please join Monarch Housing and other housing, community development, and transportation advocates from around NJ and the country by signing a letter urging the highest possible 302(b) allocations. The deadline to sign the letter is Wednesday, March 12.
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), a coalition of national organizations staffed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), and other national housing and transportation organizations, circulated a similar letter in 2013 that was signed by more than 2,400 organizations. NLIHC urges organizations to sign and to share the FY15 letter with their networks by the sign-on deadline of Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
The urgency of increased funding for HUD programs is highlighted in a new analysis that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released on February 26, 2014. CBPP projects that due to sequestration cuts, 70,000 fewer vouchers were in use as of December 2013 compared to December 2012. The analysis includes state-by-state voucher use data and an interactive map.
Click here to read the letter.
Click here to view the FAQ on the 302(b) letter.
Click here to view the CBPP blog.